Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Ridesharing apps are helpful for people who have been drinking to get home safely without putting others at risk on the road. They also create a safe travel option for those who may not have a vehicle of their own or need a reliable source of transportation to a desired destination.
Unfortunately, like any other source of travel, there are risks involved. Every time you get into a rideshare vehicle, you are trusting the driver with your safety. Despite the trust you put into your driver, car accidents can still happen and injuries may occur.
Who is Liable for Injuries in a Rideshare Accident?
It can be complicated to figure out who is liable for injuries after an accident occurs in a rideshare vehicle. In most cases, financial responsibility should come from the at-fault driver, whether that be the rideshare driver or other vehicle involved in the accident.
If a passenger is injured in a rideshare accident, the driver’s car insurance will most likely cover your medical costs. If he or she does not have a commercial or personal car insurance policy, the insurance will not cover any injuries you sustain in the accident. In this case, the rideshare company will cover your injuries under their own insurance policy. If someone else is at fault for the accident, you would need to seek compensation from the at-fault driver.
What to do if You Were Involved in an Accident?
After any type of motor vehicle accident, it is important to take proper steps to ensure your safety, this includes:
- Calling 911 immediately after an accident occurs.
- Seeking proper medical treatment and saving all necessary documents for legal reasons. Do not refuse legal treatment, this could cause problems if you choose to pursue legal action.
- Taking pictures of the scene of the accident. This can be used as evidence for your claim.
- Gathering all contact and insurance information from all parties involved in the accident.
- Filing a report with the rideshare service you used.
Car accidents are a traumatic experience and need to be handled with the utmost care and responsibility. Hiring an experienced car accident lawyer will help guide you through all the necessary steps to receive the compensation you deserve.
Towson Personal Injury Lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC Protect Victims Injured in Rideshare Accidents
If you have been injured in an accident while using a rideshare service, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Towson personal injury lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC will help you through every step of the legal process. Our highly skilled team of attorneys understand the complicated nature of a rideshare accident and will ensure that you rights are protected. Call us at 443-589-0150 or contact us online for a free case consultation.
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